Weekly Update September 30 2022

We are expecting heavy rain this weekend as Hurricane Ian makes its way through Virginia. Be cautious and stay safe by avoiding unnecessary travel. You can visit https://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare/ to access emergency preparedness resources for yourself and your family.

Next Thursday October 6th, Delegate Jackie Glass and I are hosting the 10th Women Veterans Roundtable. This one will be held here in McLean. We are looking forward to hearing from our women veterans. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP online or by contacting my Chief of Staff, Madison McCabe, at [email protected]. Please note that this event is only open to our women veterans. 

Rained Out! McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) has made the difficult decision to cancel Artfest, which was scheduled for this Sunday, October 2, in McLean Central Park. Once again, I had planned to sponsor a booth showcasing the outstanding work of artists with Autism and other disabilities. I know we will all miss this fun family event. I hope you will join us at Artfest next year. 


Delegate Kathleen Murphy

Route 7 Upcoming Lane Closures for Oct. 2-7, 2022 

Crews will be performing excavation and fill operations, clearing, storm pipe work, paving and other construction-related activities on Oct. 2-7 along eastbound and westbound Route 7 and on other neighborhood streets. 

As a reminder, drivers will experience lane shifts on Route 7, traffic pattern changes on neighborhood streets, and detours along the corridor. Please see the related traffic alerts. Temporary road closures are listed here.

Drivers are reminded that the speed limit along Route 7 has been temporarily reduced to 45 miles per hour in active work zones between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive.

Prepare for more construction activity on northern section of George Washington Memorial Parkway 

 Drivers will see more construction activity along the northern section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway between the Route 123 interchange and I-495 starting around Sept. 26. Construction may cause delays, and drivers should proceed with caution in work zones.  

During this phase of construction, the National Park Service (NPS) will temporarily widen the road using the median along the northbound travel lanes. This temporary widening will maintain a three-lane configuration during construction, allowing the contractor greater access to the roadway and reducing the time needed to complete the project. 

Drivers should prepare for daily closures to occur as needed: 

  • Northbound lane closures may occur between 7 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.
  • Southbound lanes closures may occur between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Education is accepting public comment on the 2022 Model Policies

Since the Virginia Department of Education released their newly proposed 2022 Model Policies two weeks ago, there has been a massive effort across the state to mobilize against this new guidance that seeks to roll back protections for transgender and nonbinary students. The state will be accepting public comment on the 2022 Model Policies until October 26th. 

If you haven’t submitted a public comment against the policies yet, you can do so on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall - just click “Enter a Comment” at the top of the page. Encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to submit a comment, as well - it’s going to take all of us!

If you're looking for support with crafting your public comment, visit the Public Comment Hub on Equality Virginia’s website for additional information on the newly proposed policies, as well as tips, research, and prompting questions that will help guide you as you draft your statement. Additionally, every Monday and Wednesday at 12:00 PM through October 26th, Equality Virginia will be hosting Public Comment Trainings to answer questions and provide further assistance around writing a public comment. 

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Calendar Reminder: Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, begins at sundown on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. On the FCPS and LCPS calendars, Wednesday, October 5, 2022 is a holiday for teachers and students. 

See the complete Fairfax County Public Schools 2022-23 calendar.

See the complete Loudoun County Public Schools 2022-23 calendar.

Upcoming Events 

Sunday, October 2: VA-10 Congressional Debate

A debate between Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D) and her opponent Hung Cao (R) is taking place at the Muslim Association of Virginia. I encourage you to be there to learn more about the candidates, issues, and make your voice heard! Once again I have endorsed Congresswoman Wexton for re-election. She has been a strong voice in Congress. Register here.

Check-In: 4:00 p.m.  Debate: 5:30 p.m.

Location: Muslim Association of Virginia

5404 Hoadly Rd, Manassas, VA 20112

VA10th Congressional Debate

Thursday, October 6: Women Veterans Roundtable

I will be hosting our 10th Women Veterans Roundtable and invite Women Veterans to join us to share their experiences and tell us about any issues, specific concerns, or challenges. I will be joined by our newest Delegate Jackie Glass who is a Veteran. Register here.

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location: McLean Government Center

1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101

10th Women Veterans Roundtable

Saturday, October 8: The McLean Symphony

Join the McLean Symphony as they kick off the 2022-2023 season with compositions by Josef Haydn, Leslie Adams, and David Ott. To purchase tickets, contact [email protected] or purchase online at www.mclean-symphony.org.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

543 Beulah Road, Vienna, VA 22180

McLean Symphony